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Anti-Fracking Group Settles Surveillance Lawsuit With Pennsylvania

Deal doesn’t alter the cozy relationship between the energy industry and the state, says group’s founder

A grassroots anti-fracking group wrongfully cited as a terror threat in intelligence bulletins distributed by the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security (OHS) in 2010, settled its lawsuit against the state last week. The suit by the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC) stems…
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by: Adam Federman – January 26, 2015

New York’s Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry

Activists are now laying the groundwork for a national campaign against "extreme energy"

Five years ago it wasn’t a question of if fracking would come to New York but when. Yesterday’s decision by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state is a measure of how much things have changed in…
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by: Adam Federman – December 18, 2014

PR Firm to Advise New York Oil & Gas Group to “Win Ugly”

Leaked transcript shows energy companies will be told to make the fight against fracking opponents personal

A PR firm well known for its hardball tactics in defense of Big Tobacco will deliver the keynote address at tonight’s Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York’s (IOGA-NY) annual conference in Buffalo. The same talk titled, “Big Green Radicals: Exposing…
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by: Adam Federman – November 12, 2014

New Oil & Gas Industry Intel Network Circumvents FOIA law

Now the public has no way of finding out what kind of information is being circulated among network members or with the federal government

What if the private sector banded together to create its own intelligence sharing networks exempt from FOIA law and public accountability? In the last decade a number of different industries ranging from financial services and health care to nuclear energy and defense…
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by: Adam Federman – November 10, 2014

Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation

Court settlement raises new questions about ethics of police infiltration

What are the limits — if any — to undercover policing? At what point is a moral, ethical, or legal threshold crossed when an undercover operative insinuates himself into a targeted group or the lives of its members? Last Thursday British media…
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by: Adam Federman – October 28, 2014

PA State Police and Private Security Firms Keeping Close Tabs on Fracking Opponents

Environmental watchdogs worried about the criminalization of dissent

Anti-fracking activists protesting a natural-gas conference in Philadelphia last fall were being monitored by a private security company that sent a photo of a demonstrator to the Pennsylvania State Police, according to an email obtained by Earth Island Journal. A few months…
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by: Adam Federman – October 9, 2014

Unsafe at Any Speed

Will new DOT regulations prevent another oil by rail disaster?

Who is responsible for the series of oil train derailments and accidents that have occurred recently? A little more than one year since a train derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people and destroying more than 40 buildings, this…
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by: Adam Federman – July 25, 2014

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